Nearly 100 People Killed By Police in First Month of 2015- Zero Officers Killed By Suspects

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The Officer Down Memorial Page, which tracks the deaths of police officers, is reporting zero officer deaths from gunfire in 2015.

Line of Duty Deaths: 13
Automobile accident: 5
Heart attack: 3
Struck by vehicle: 2
9/11 related illness: 1
Gunfire (Accidental): 1
Vehicle pursuit: 1

In contrast, Killed By Police has logged at least 91 people killed by police in the month of January alone.  At least 1,106 people were killed in 2014, a number which calls into question the integrity of the FBI’s previous estimate of around 400 per year.

Unlike the independent logging done by Killed By Police, the FBI collects their statistics only from reports voluntarily given to them by law enforcement agencies.  Only around 750 agencies, or 4 percent, out of 17,000 law enforcement entities across the United States offered this data to the FBI.

Those who prefer to turn a blind eye to police abuse often refer to police as heroes who “deserve to make it home to their families” or speak of the difficulties of a job where your life is perpetually at risk.

Police use these lines often, pushing the stereotype and narrative perpetuated by media of our police living in constant action movies where bad guys and villains are always on the prowl searching for ways to harm them.  Any conversation about police by their apologists could easily be a conversation about Batman rather than our revenue generators in blue.

Unfortunately for them, this narrative cannot hold up to simple facts.  Being a police officer is significantly less dangerous than many labor jobs, and is not even in the top 10 most dangerous positions in this country.


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Our children deserve to make it home to their families.  It is no longer acceptable to pretend we live in a comic book universe where masked evil-doers are forever hunting police and that their quick trigger fingers are needed or justified.

Random acts of violence happen, and it is always tragic and wrong- but more officers die in every day traffic accidents than by any other means.  If we really care about officer safety, perhaps we should disarm the police and give them bicycles instead.


5 thoughts on “Nearly 100 People Killed By Police in First Month of 2015- Zero Officers Killed By Suspects

  1. I have nothing against the police returning home safe at the end of there day. Good place for them to stay and all. But we the citizen need the same right. The right to return home safe from the police. That is a 2 way street. So will they let us the taxpaer be safe from them. If not well as they say. What goes around comes around. And we can not feel sorry for them as long as they are beating, framing and murdering us. So tell the police to get with it and make us safe around them. Oh but we are to dumb to understand there job? The job they pull is understood by us.

  2. I worked in a glass shop, handling huge sheets glass and mirror in a multitude of deadly ways. Daily. Very few people gave a flying f#$ if i got home safe or not, while they prowled our back lot several times with their hands on their guns looking for burglers.

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